Check out your 15 South Ward candidates
It’s election time for Moreland City Council. Voters in Moreland’s South Ward (Brunswick, south of Albion Street) are currently voting to select three councillors to represent us on Moreland Council for the next four years (voters in the two northern wards select four councillors for each ward). There are 15 candidates standing in the South Ward.
Deadlines and dates for voting:
You should have received your ballot papers by now. If you haven’t, call the Moreland Electoral Office on 8619 1452. Your ballot papers need to be posted by Friday 23 October and need to arrive at the electoral office by Friday 30 October (post sooner to be sure). The results will be announced some time between 2 November and 13 November, allowing extra time because social distancing will make counting slower.
Checking out the candidates
Brunswick Residents Network is not affiliated to any political party, and we do not endorse candidates for the Council elections. However, we think it’s important to get to know potential candidates and their policies. Here’s some issues to look at:
- Their views on local issues important to you. BRN newsletter readers might ask candidates about planning, the local environment, open space, traffic and priorities for post-pandemic recovery.
- Are they serious about standing? Do they have well-considered ideas about what they hope to achieve as a Councillor? Have they thought about a range of areas that Council controls?
- Look at candidates’ preference flows. Are the preferences directed clearly towards one major party or ticket? Are independents independent?
- Have you been bombarded by campaign material? Has your candidate paid for hand-delivery of leaflets during the pandemic? If so, you may want to ask them who funded this! (See candidate responses to this issue on the CAM website, linked below).
Six places you can get information:
1) During the pandemic, it’s been hard to test candidates’ claims. For this reason, BRN hosted a Candidates’ Webinar, where 14 out of 15 South Ward candidates each made a short presentation and answered questions from the audience.
Around 150 people were watching at the time, with many more views since. A huge thanks to both candidates and citizens for devoting an evening to democracy – and a great way to get a sense of who’s who!
- View on Zoom: The passcode (which must be typed in, not pasted), is 3#XnJYkQ
- View on our BRN Facebook page (and check out the many comments and questions)
2) BRN questionnaire on ‘making walking better’: Our joint Walking Working Group (BRN and Walk on Moreland) sent candidates a survey on improving mobility and safety for pedestrians. Once again, 14 out of 15 Brunswick South Ward candidates responded (most very thoughtfully, thank you). Check their responses for priorities, strategies, and views on key issues like speed limits and fixing Sydney Road.
3) The Moreland Bicycle Users Group has a brief survey of Moreland candidates, asking about attitudes to bike-riding and transport priorities, with 13 South Ward candidates responding. This survey includes a specific question on what speed limit candidates support in local streets.
4) Climate Action Moreland (CAM) has surveyed candidates with some interesting questions. These include asking if candidates have received campaign funding, and if so, from where. Some candidates responding “none” may have been generous in self-funding their own campaigns. Other questions of interest include candidates’ support for public transport initiatives, and for facilitating “mode shift” away from private motor vehicles.
For those on the north side of Albion Street, check the CAM election page for candidate survey results; along with video of their candidate forums. These webinars focused on sustainability issues, but also provide a chance to assess candidates’ views and performance more broadly.
5) Beat Magazine survey
Scroll down through this article to find your ward candidate. This survey ranges from support for small business and hospitality, to action on climate change.
6) Candidate websites and Facebook pages
We’ve posted Facebook and website details on our website for each South Ward candidate – including the contacts given on the Victorian Electoral Commission (VEC) page. For most candidates, these sites give their views and affiliations, and you can ask about their policies. Links for northern ward candidates are available on Walk On Moreland and Climate Action Moreland.